Tory Outremont candidate Gilles Duguay launched into a fairly amateurish attack today while trying to throw dirt at Liberal leader Stephane Dion's record.
I'd suggest that Harper's sacrificial lamb in this upcoming by-election do better research before he opens his mouth again to spout another feeble attack.
"I'm telling you, if you read his CV, the man has been in cabinet since 1995, and if this university professor, descendant of a famous university professor, didn't know anything about the sponsorship scandal, I suggest you ask him whether he knew anything or not," [Duguay] said.
I, like most Liberals and journalists, have checked Mr. Dion's CV very closely. Much more closely than Mr. Duguay obviously did. It's a historical fact that Dion entered the federal cabinet in January 1996, several months after the 1995 referendum campaign. Dion's stellar performance on the national unity file with the Clarity Act continues to be the stuff of legends.
Furthermore, the Gomery Inquiry made very clear that Mr. Dion was absolutely not involved in the sponsorship scandal. Most Quebecers concur with that opinion. Perhaps Mr. Duguay should read a copy of the Gomery Inquiry Phase I report which reads, "On the evidence there is no basis for attributing blame or responsibility to any other Minister of the Chrétien Cabinet [excepting Jean Chrétien and Alfonso Gagliano], since they, like all members of Parliament, were not informed of the initiatives being authorized by Mr. [Jean] Pelletier and their funding from the Unity Reserve."
If he can't even get his basic facts straight before opening his mouth, what kind of a Member of Parliament would Mr. Duguay make?